OrderPaperToday – Of the 56 newbies elected into the 9th Senate in 2019, only 10 were able to sponsor at least 10 bills in two years of the statutory 4 years tenure.
Recall that 109 senators, including the 56 newbies, which is 51% of senators, officially took their seats in the Senate on June 11, 2019. Prominent among them, and not necessarily in terms of bills sponsored, is Elisha Abbo from Adamawa State who is known more for his sex toy scandal than anything else.
Two years down the line – of lawmaking and other necessary legislative activities – how have these 56 freshers faired in the performance of their duties?
Most lawmakers take pride in the number of bills they sponsor during their tenure. This, especially for the newbies, can be used as a campaign point for those seeking re-election.
This achievements, however, is counter-measured by the quality of bills sponsored.
This report however shows the top 10 newbie senators with respect to the number bills they have sponsored at midterm.
First on the list is Niger State Senator, representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sen. Muhammed Sani Musa. He has sponsored 26 bills since the inauguration of the 9th Assembly. This includes the controversial ‘social media’ bill that has been stuck at a committee for many months.
He is closely followed by Senator Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District with 21 bills to his name. Sani replaced Shehu Sani in the 2019 elections.
Senator Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, representing Anambra South, who is currently eyeing the Governor’s seat in Anambra State, has 20 bills standing in his name. Just as Senator Gyang Istifanus Dung, (PDP, Plateau North) has 18.
Sen. Gyang has one bill ahead of Ekiti State Lawmaker, Senator Michael Bamidele Opeyemi, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District with 17 bills.
Senators Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central) and Suleiman Abdu Kwari (APC, Kaduna North) have 14 bills each. Oloriegbe replaced Bukola Saraki after the latter lost a reelection bid.
While Senator Muhammad Bima Enagi, representing Niger South has 13, Senators Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central) and Emmanuel Yisa Oker-Jev from Benue have 11 each, having the least number of bills among the 56 newbies. Oker-Jev was a member of the House of Representatives before ascending to the senate, just like Aishatu, who is the only female on this distinguished list.